DisCos (Power Distributing Companies), according to the latest report released by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) failed to distribute a total of 8,848.24 megawatts of electricity in one week.
According to Punch, the TCN reports disclosed that 11 DisCos failed to distribute 680.72MW on November 11; 676.09MW on November 12; 1,100.04MW on November 13, and 1,145.99MW on November 14. Likewise, they failed to distribute 1,622.9MW on November 15; 1,864.5MW on November 16, and 1,758.04MW on November 17.
Breakdown: The Abuja, Benin, Eko and Enugu DisCos failed to distribute 442.83MW, 1,028.17MW, 1,027.30MW and 1,102.51MW, within the one-week period. Ibadan, Ikeja, Jos and Kaduna DisCos failed to distribute 966.5MW, 1,198.45MW, 529.59MW and 998.59MW.
The amount of power unused by Kano, Port Harcourt and Yola Disco stood at 874.28MW; 532.53MW and 175.94MW, respectively.
Abuja DisCo consumed more than the amount of power allocated to it on November 11 and 12, as it accepted 48.45MW and 28.45, respectively in excess of grid allocation. Yola Disco also accepted excess load of 33.23MW and 1.43MW on November 11 and November 13, respectively.
Meanwhile, TCN, which was incorporated in November 2005, emerged from the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as a product of the merger of the Transmission and Operations sectors on April 1, 2004. Being one of the 18 unbundled Business Units under the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), TCN was issued a transmission License on 1st July 2006. It was subsequently issued two licenses on June 10, 2013, for electricity transmission and system operations.
Some of TCN major activities include the following:
- Operate, expand/upgrade transmission facilities for efficient and effective wheeling of generated electricity.
- Build Transmission Grid that can efficiently evacuate all generated power.
- Create adequate network redundancies to ensure at least 99.9% reliability.
- Reduce transmission losses to less than 5%.
- Pursue Inter-connection with neighbouring Countries for power exchange with, associated cost savings from the sharing of reserve capacity and energy resources.